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VSAN Observer

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Based on the incredible amount of interest on VSAN at VMworld the numerous questions regarding system performance and VSAN specific statistics I wanted to share a couple of utilities that can be used to gain visibility into VSAN performance metrics and counters for  what’s going  one of the golden nuggets included with vSphere 5.5 is Read more...
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vCloud Suite 5.5 – Click Thru Demos available online

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As part of the launch collateral for vCloud Suite 5.5, VMware’s Technical Marketing team has created a number of ‘click-thru’ demos. These have been used extensively at VMworld 2013, both in break-out sessions and in the VMware booth. However, these demos are also available online, and can be readily accessed by VMware customers who are Read more...
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Comparing VMware VSA & VMware Virtual SAN

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After VMware made the official announcement of VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) the public beta release and the plans for the product general availability there has been a great deal of interest from customers and a magnitude of questions regarding the similarities between the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) and Virtual SAN (VSAN). Because of all the Read more...
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What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Storage

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As with any vSphere launch, there are a bunch of new storage related features announced. This year is a little different as there are some considerable updates which I wanted to share with you. Virtual SAN (VSAN) VMware has made a public beta announcement on VSAN. While it is not yet GA, it is almost Read more...
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2013 VMware Fling Contest – Call for Entries

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The 2013 VMware Fling Contest is now open. Do you have an idea on how certain features or functionality could be improved upon? Can you think of an app that would make the life of a system administrator so much easier? Do you have a repetitive task that you wished you could have automated in Read more...
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Announcing vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 – Increasing Performance and Availability for Your Business Critical Applications

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We’re excited to announce the release of VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5! </p Back in March 2013, we launched vSphere with Operations Management as our next iteration of the vSphere platform. Watching our customers struggle with managing capacity through the old-school method of spreadsheets convinced us that by adding a single pane of glass Read more...
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Virtual Machine Backups and Snapshots

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Based on information received from VMware Support, one of the most common reasons a support request (SR) for a backup issue is opened stems from virtual machine (VM) snapshots. The majority of backup and recovery solutions utilize the vSphere APIs for Data Protection (VADP), which leverages VM snapshots to perform backups. However, if a VM Read more...
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VSAN and Software-Defined Storage at VMworld 2013

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Here at VMware, we believe the next big area for innovation in the software-defined datacenter is software-defined storage (SDS).  VMworld 2013 is our opportunity to introduce Virtual SAN (VSAN), a new technology that converts direct attached storage into high performance, resilient, and flexible shared storage designed for virtual machines. Using only three servers you can Read more...
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Instant KB articles in the VMware Knowledge Portal

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Recently we have added the ability to access Knowledge Base (KB) resources via the VMware Knowledge Portal, the FREE iPad and Android tablet app available here: Now you can find the article you need on your portable device and use that information to resolve issues quicker and in an easily readable format. From the main Read more...